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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2021. 3:03 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Attacks on Gaza have intensified as Palestine and Israel enter their 5th day of heightened tensions, BBC reports.

Today, Israel’s military said that air and ground forces were involved in attacks but had not entered Gaza.

But, in West Bank, clashes between Israeli and Palestine security forces continue.

More than 100 people have been killed in Gaza and 8 died in Israel since the fighting began on Monday.

The violence in Gaza and Israel is the worst since 2014 and came after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem which culminated in clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, began firing rockets after warning Israel to withdraw from the site, triggering retaliatory air strikes.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, Palestinians fearing an incursion by Israeli troops have been fleeing areas close to the border with Israel.

On Thursday, Israel’s military called up 7,000 army reservists and deployed troops near its border with Gaza.

In 1980, Israel annexed East Jerusalem and considers the city its capital.

However, Palestinians claim the eastern half of Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for state of their own.

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